Open Source Software (OSS) is no longer a “weekend warrior’s endeavor".
Over the last 20 years, the OSSecosystem composition has changed
drastically. OSS is nowfundamental to company operations–not only for
the code thatthey depend on, but also for their role in an ecosystem
towhich they actively contribute. This is a paradigm shift from the
early days when OSS was viewed as a threatthat commoditized software to
today where individuals andcompanies work symbiotically.
From large technology companies to startups, companies are
participating in the OSS ecosystem by open-sourcing their technology
and sponsoring projects through funding or paid developer time.
However, our understanding of the OSS ecosystem is rooted in the “old
world” model where individual contributors sustain OSS projects.
In this talk, we will discuss our findings on what motivates companies
to contribute to OSS, the multifaceted ways they contribute to OSS, and
the lessons learned. We hope these findings help nudge more companies
to participate in the OSS ecosystem and continue to foster a symbiotic
OSS and company relationship, ultimately creating a sustainable open-